"Sacrificial Sheep" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Why sheep might be a bad symbol for believers.

In the bible, sheep aren’t pets. They are products. They were for some the backbone of the agricultural economy. Sheep provided wool and meat. That’s it. They are submissive, frightful, vulnerable, weak, groupies, followers, and terribly naive. They are also extremely sacrificial. Whether they want to be or not. But…

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"Stand Up to Abuse" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

11 reasons why we allow abusive leaders to continue

I don’t believe abusive leadership is rare. I think it is common. I’m very interested in the church and Christianity, as well as religion in general. I claim these contexts create the perfect culture for abuse to occur. It is becoming so prevalent that it is epidemic. We tend to…

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"Sheep's Clothing" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Emergent and wolves in sheep’s clothing

Like this cartoon? Get a print HERE. I do remember when the Emergent movement was gaining ground and speed. I remember when I started seeing books from Emergent authors being read. It was an exciting time of exploration. It was cool to see people endeavoring to think outside the box and…

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"Evangelical Jesus" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Was Jesus an evangelical?

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"Stop Abuse" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Jian Ghomeshi, Mark Driscoll, and Boundaries

*** Trigger Warning: abuse. Suffered spiritual abuse? Come share your story with us at The Lasting Supper! I’m sad about Mars Hill Church. It’s always sad for me to see another church struggle, suffer, and slowly die. Even though I am a critic of religion and the church, I never…

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"Self-Made Black Sheep" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

sometimes you have to make yourself the black sheep

[Like this cartoon? Buy the print here for 35% OFF with code ‘nakedpastordeal‘] We can change inside, gradually or suddenly, and do our best to keep the transformation hidden from others. But there comes a time when the internal pressure, the need, to reveal your true self (as you know…

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"Turn the Other Cheek" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Mark Driscoll, Adrian Warnock, and how we respond to the fall of a spiritual abuser

This cartoon depicts the danger of surrendering our dignity and rights to a spiritual abuser. I read Adrian Warnock’s thoughts on Mark Driscoll and the Acts 29 story. Warnock’s thoughts can be summed up with the following: Accept it. We shouldn’t be alarmed by what’s happening with Driscoll. No church is…

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"Stiffnecked Sheep" (cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward)

10 ways abusive churches turn their people into the sinners they hate

I want to make it clear from the beginning that victims of abuse responding to it are not necessarily sinners, but are actually justified in defending themselves. The word “sinners” suggests that the church considers their people sinners because they are not behaving the way they want them to. They are…

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"Wolf Bounty" (cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward)

Do you believe in evil and that it has an expiry date?

I don’t support bounties on wolves. In fact, it is rarely done anymore. I just picked up Terry Eagleton’s book, “On Evil”. I’m looking forward to reading it. There are a lot of scriptures that talk about Satan, devils, and demons. There’s a lot of talk about sheep that represent…

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